It is not beauty that endears, it’s love that makes us see beauty. (5)

List #1

List #1 in the new place. I know you have been waiting for one of my lists – it has been a while!

I made a video! Have you check it out yet?

Finally feeling somewhat settled. Not completely, but we are getting there!

I got the internet somewhat figured out. Whatever happened to unlimited?

No schedule set in stone for me. Still need to figure out how to get house chores, workouts, and Bailey taken care of 100% while I get all my work done as well. My work gets done – I feel like the others are neglected and I don’t like that feeling.

I am thinking of setting up a bi-weekly coffee date/play date with other military families around me – we will see how it goes!

I hope Nick gets his schedule from work soon, so I can maybe plan for taking a couple classes at the gym on base.

Having more time outside is a fantastic feeling. I really enjoyed playing outside with Bailey yesterday and seeing the girls off the bus. It allowed everyone to play and get energy out before school work and dinner commenced.

I am enjoying being home and do feel that I am productive – it is that I get easily distracted!

I think I need to put some things in writing so that I can see what I need to do.

I think Laundry is calling my name!

What are some things you do to stay on track, organized, and get it almost all done?

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It is not beauty that endears, it’s love that makes us see beauty. (5)

A Day In The Life…Of Me!

A Day In The Life…Of Me! Oh you are in for a treat…..maybe?  My days are so much different than they used to be, but once I get the hang of this new life in Alabama (almost Georgia since we are stationed here at Ft. Benning, Georgia) I will be rocking and rolling!

My first alarm goes off at 5:25 am. I turn it off.

My second alarm goes off at 5:30 am. I turn it off.

My third alarm goes off at 5:35 am. I turn it off, but this time I roll over and check my phone to make sure it is really 5:35 am. It definitely is. I wait for my husband’s snooze to go off one more time, nudge him (elbow or throw a punch his way), and wait for my oldest to walk in thimage_1e room to let me know she is awake since her brand new alarm clock has, in fact, done its job and woke her up.

I tell her to go back up stairs to brush her hair, teeth, and get dressed. She fights with me for a bit then goes upstairs, and I get up for my first cup of coffee while hubby hits the shower.

I go into my oldest child’s room to get her back out of bed, walk in to the bathroom to plug in straighter as both her sister and her will have crazy hair. That is guaranteed.  I get her hair straightened and then I go wake the middle child and do the same routine.  This always brings about tears, fights, and lots of morning fun.

Downstairs I start hubby’s breakfast of egg whites and veggies, and my oatmeal. Once those are done I start on lunches. Once the kids make their way downstairs they eat, watch some TV, kiss Dad goodbye, and then make their way to the end of the driveway for the bus. I always go out there with them and wait to make sure they get on the bus. I am over protective I know.

Once they are done – back inside for me to finish breakfast and soak in the silence until the baby wakes. 30-45 minutes to myself in quiet is priceless. I don’t do anything either. I watch TV or just sit.

image_8Then she is up! We are off! This ball of energy wants cuddles for about 5 minutes and then it is busy, busy, busy! I do get her to at least entertain one episode of Mickey Mouse so she can jump around and dance (her fav). She helps me unload and load the dishwasher, move things so I can vacuum (yes everyday as I am crazy like that), and we pick things up in the girls rooms. Now we can play, name body parts, and repeat words.  Around 10:30/11:00 it is nap time. So warm milk and bed.

Lunch is quick – so quick no picture – but it was chicken, corn, tomato, black bean, balsamic, and good

The race is on and I shower, get dressed, get some self pampering in while I sit down and work. Today when I went in to shower – I found the dog hiding from the active one.image_3

Working consists of blogging, content creating for clients, and surfing around for new info, ideas, and other stuff that comes around. This lasts 3-4 hours. The child usually wakes up during this time and I get her something to drink and allow her to wake up on her own. Sitting on my lap, laying down – but about 30 minutes later she is up and moving. And so am I!

The girls get off the bus around 3:45/4 so we are outside to see that happen. Since the weather is nice – we don’t mind waiting and playing outside which includes some running and jumping. We also stop to watch the soldiers in Airborne school take part in jump week. This isn’t as awesome as F22 jets taking off daily, but it is pretty cool!

image_5image_4Then it is time to unpack the backpacks – start some homework, sign off and review on things, pack the backpack back up, and start dinner. Yesterday we had a guest – a family member (another soldier we knew from Alaska) – so we ordered pizza and subs and talked the night away.

The kids went to bed around 8 and we sat and laughed and introduced each other to new apps to play, places to go on base, updates on people we knew, and so much more, 9:30 rolls around and it is bedtime.  Yup. Bedtime.

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It is not beauty that endears, it’s love that makes us see beauty. (5)

Morning Schedule Change

10583835_10152686586224312_6473272409793730919_n Abby started school yesterday and she has decided to take morning showers now. Morning schedule change had to happen. I knew the time would come, but I wasn’t ready for it to happen in second grade to be honest.  She is wanting to take a shower everyday – which I am exited about since she is a sweaty kid. The problem is she wants to take them in the morning – as do I.

Abby has no time concept so I have to be able to keep her on track while in the shower. I have to keep her to singing only one song instead of the soundtrack to Frozen.  She would if I let her.  Yes, she really sings in the shower.  This is where my issue is. I used to wake her up at 6 am, go take my shower, and then we would all be ready about the same time to leave.  Now, I will have to get up earlier, and I have been, but it still isn’t timed just right.

Here is the funny thing. Last summer I would get up around 3:45 am and go meet friends at 4:15 am to go run everyday.  Before that I would get up with Nick and make his coffee, breakfast, clean the house, do dishes, and laundry. Why is it so hard for me to get back into that routine? I like early mornings and can actually get a ton in the mornings.  Am I getting more lazy with age?

I think that this is the boost I needed to get my butt back in the morning routine –  but I wasn’t expecting it to be honest. I really didn’t think this would happen so soon. Do I want this? Yes! Am I ready for this? No!

I guess it is time to get out the scheduler and get everyone on task for the school year ahead!

10570394_10152687696559312_7875143379956991333_nI decided that with the school year starting it is as good as any of a time to get back into the habit of things – I mean I have to start a new schedule, why not just get it all going so I have one transition instead of 20? I like to journal – so I started back on my peak, pit, praise, prayer writing. It allows me to realize that there were some great parts to my day, low points, and then things that I am going to pray for. I try to keep it simple and to the point, but it is therapeutic for me as well. I like the idea of writing since I kinda like to stay silent when I am settling in for the night. Is there anything that you do religiously?

I also was able to catch my oldest two in a sweet moment. I took a picture before it stopped.




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